Gloucestershire - Paranormal Events and Places

Pink Frog Fall

Location: Stroud - General area
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1987
Further Comments: Several people reported a heavy rain fall that also brought down dozens of tiny pink frogs.

Old Woman

Location: Stroud - Jarolen House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This lady, dressed in a long sweeping grey dress and white apron is thought to be a nineteenth century maid who found it difficult to leave her former employer.

Outline of Coach

Location: Stroud - Rodborough Common, road running alongside and apartments built near Rodborough Manor
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: A couple out walking watched in amazement as the ghostly outline of a horseless coach passed them. Other witnesses have seen the phantom, and others have reported headless horsemen or of hearing galloping.


Location: Stroud - Stroud Hill Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 1910s - early 1920s
Further Comments: Two men on different occasions witnessed a cyclist crash into a hedge, falling over the top of it. On examination of the crash site, bike and rider could not be seen.

Steam Engine

Location: Stroud - Woodchester Mansion, near the town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2001
Further Comments: A film crew spending a night in the building reported loud disembodied banging, which climaxed as the sounds of a stream train charged through the house. The house is also reported to be haunted by a white lady, and the park surrounding the building is home to a Roman soldier, a figure resembling a monk, two American servicemen in Second World War uniforms, a phantom coach, a headless horse and a dwarf which somersaults along the driveway.

Roe Deer Kill

Location: Stroud - Woodchester Park
Type: ABC
Date / Time: January 2012 (corpse found), and throughout 2012
Further Comments: The corpse of a roe deer discovered by a member of the public had wounds similar to animals killed by big cats. The National Trust, who own the land, said they were carrying out tests on the body - these later came back with only deer and fox DNA detected. Video footage was also captured of the 'Stroud Valleys Wildcat' a couple of years prior to this attack, although was only analysed in 2012, with opinions differing to whether the creature was an ABC or just a large domestic cat.

Victorian Woman

Location: Sudeley - Sudeley Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Varies: reputedly during August & September, but last seen May 1983
Further Comments: It is always around these two months that a ghostly housemaid is seen cleaning and dusting, dressed in Victorian working garb. A visiting American Professor reported encountering her during a visit to the castle. Other reported ghosts here include a woman in a green dress and a man with a hawk perched on his arm.


Location: Tangley - Heath between Tangley Hall and Bruern Abbey
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A four mile long underground passageway is rumoured to connect these two buildings, and a ghostly monk walks the route (over ground rather than underground).

Young Woman

Location: Tewkesbury - Tewkesbury Rugby Club
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 2008
Further Comments: A photograph taken at a wedding reception appears to show half a young woman with a long fringe near the DJ. The image could be an optical illusion created by the smoke machine and a nearby disco light.

Black Dog

Location: Tewkesbury - Tudor House Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This former pet has been seen on the landing, though it is not known whether the white woman that haunts a bedroom is its mistress.

Chained Figure

Location: Tewkesbury - Ye Olde Black Bear Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: As well as being chained, stories also state that this tragic figure has no head. It has been speculated that he is a Lancastrian soldier who was executed nearby.


Location: Tewkesbury - Berkeley Arms public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: The sounds of a person walking on the staircase are often heard, though the figure is never seen.


Location: Tewkesbury - Church Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1982
Further Comments: Dressed in knickerbockers and other old fashioned clothing, these two ghostly boys move around the area on crutches. A couple out walking spotted the children, who vanished down an alleyway which ended in a high wall.


Location: Tewkesbury - Tewkesbury Abbey
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Seen both inside and out, these figures drift forlornly about. Doors also open and close unaided by human hand, while the churchyard is said to be haunted by a screaming white woman.

Washing Powder

Location: Tewkesbury - Tewkesbury Museum, Barton Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: July 2007
Further Comments: Staff who claimed to detect the smell of an old fashioned washing powder and felt a presence called in Three Counties Paranormal Organisation to investigate further. It was speculated that the phantom was a woman who looked after evacuees during the World War Two.

Axed Stone

Location: Tidenham - Ouduceus's Stone (no longer present)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A standing stone some 1.2 metres thick was cut in two by Bishop Ouduceus welding an axe, proving his powers to a then less sceptical Gildas.


Location: Tidenham - The Broadstone, between village and Woolastaston
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Stone still present
Further Comments: The Devil and the giant Jack o'Kent had a stone throwing contest - the Devil's stone landed here, while Jack's landed way over the river Severn, winning him the game.

Miss Nicholls

Location: Upton St Leonards - Unknown house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre twentieth century
Further Comments: After hanging herself, the ghost of Miss Nicholls returned to haunt her home. It took twelve people to lay the ghost, which was trapped under the base of a fireplace.

Once were Warriors

Location: West Tump - Barrow
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A female witness claims to have seen four men dressed in ancient clothing standing on the hill, holding Stone Age weapons.

Man in Red

Location: Whittington - Church of St Bartholomew
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 22 January 1985
Further Comments: A man dressed in red who vanished from the church was named by some as a former landowner Sir Lawrence (or Laurence) Tanfield.

Sir Laurence Tanfield

Location: Whittington - General area
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A former landowner in the area, Sir Laurence returned after dying and can be seen driving a coach pulled by four black horses. It is said that bad luck falls on any witnesses.


Location: Whittington - Manor
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One story says that workmen refused to enter certain parts of the property after spotting a ghostly young girl sitting on a rocking chair.

Battlefield Figures

Location: Wick - Freezing Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This area is haunted by several ghosts, all wearing clothing which places them to the Civil War era (the hill was the site of a battle).

Flecked cat

Location: Winchcombe - Area around Mount View Drive
Type: ABC
Date / Time: April 2012
Further Comments: Several witnesses reported seeing a large cat in the area of this new housing estate. One woman said it was the size of a Labrador with a flecked brown coloured coat. Fur from the creature had been recovered, but at the time of writing, DNA analysis has not been carried out on the evidence.

Monks in a field

Location: Winchcombe - Belas Knap, a long barrow situated above the town
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One visitor to the site stated she looked across the fields and watched a group of monks approaching the barrow. She left for a few minutes, and on her return realised that the field now looked different; shorter grass, fewer trees, and the figures had vanished. The area around the barrow is locally acknowledged to be 'strange'. The road running by Belas Knap is said to be haunted by a blue figure which unnerves drivers as it steps on into their paths.

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